The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all. 

Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Views of Tanzanian children 30-06-2008

Newly published by Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Tanzanian Children's Perceptions of Education and their Role in Society (pdf) provides valuable current context for the work of our Tanzanian partners.

Democracy in Israeli kindergartens 24-06-2008

The Adam Institute's Building Blocks of Democracy project on introducing democracy to the kindergarten featured recently in a Hebrew-language magazine. An English language translation (pdf) is also available.

A review of early childhood transitions research 17-06-2008

The latest in the foundation's working paper series, Early childhood transitions research: A review of concepts, theory, and practice by Pia Vogler, Gina Crivello and Martin Woodhead is now available.

Video of children at Mercaz Beth Jacob 10-06-2008

This ten-minute video shows children enjoying the facilities at the newly-opened kindergarten of our partner Marcaz Beth Jacob in Israel.

Announcement of interim executive director 05-06-2008

The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce that Monique van 't Hek will serve as interim Executive Director after Peter Laugharn's departure  as Executive Director in July 2008. Ms Van 't Hek, who has broad experience in managing non-profit and international development organisations, has already started working alongside Peter Laugharn in order to ensure a smooth transition. She will head the foundation until January 2009, when a new Executive Director is expected to take the helm.

Subscribe to Children in Europe magazine 02-06-2008

Foundation partner the Maasai AIDS Awareness Programme, which implements the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care and Support project in the Kaijado district of Kenya, has a new website giving details of their activities.

ECM on the question of quality 01-06-2008

The latest edition of the foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, tackles the complex topic of what constitutes quality in early childhood programmes and how such programmes can lay the foundations for quality primary education.

Policy paper from Children in Europe 30-05-2008

Foundation partner Children in Europe has produced a policy paper (pdf) entitled Young children and their services: developing a European approach which aims to stimulate a democratic dialogue about the need for a Europe-wide political approach to services for young children.

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